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Conditions for fighting Pinyon Fire improve overnight

By Andrew Adams | Posted - Aug. 9, 2012 at 7:47 a.m.


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HERRIMAN — Neighbors and firefighters remain on edge this morning in Herriman after the Pinyon Fire flared up just over the hill from their homes Wednesday.

Conditions appear to have improved overnight. Firefighters believe the fire became less erratic. Plus, it appears to be burning more to the east than to the north, near Herriman.

Conditions can change quickly with the heat of the day, as they did Wednesday. Tuesday night the fire was 40 percent contained, but embers jumped containment lines the next day.

Herriman residents like Cretia Ruse are weary of fires encroaching on their neighborhoods.

Pinyon Fire
  • Location: 1 mile NE of Eagle Mountain
  • Size: 6,290 acres
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Percent contained: 10 percent
  • Estimated containment date: Aug. 13
  • Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations for the North Ranch area of Eagle Mountain were lifted Aug. 7.

"(We were) frightened because of where we live," she said. "There is a field and grass and no structures between me and the fire, so it makes me a little frightened."

Chief Michael Jensen of the Unified Fire Department said, "We're nervous. We're hoping that the weather cooperates. We're ready for it if it comes."

Firefighters remain on standby and Unified police are also on alert. They're ready to evacuate people if necessary.

According to the Utah National Guard, so far the fire has burned 6,290 acres. It is now only 10 percent contained.

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